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Words gone astray

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Words and phrases that have long been in circulation sometimes sneak around and bite you on the backside.
I usually celebrate the vernal equinox by watching for new words and phrases admitted to the Oxford English Dictionary long before they come into common use.
This year the chief new word was “selfie.” I thought it had to do with tittering British school girls, but suddenly I see or hear it everywhere, and it has nothing to do with young girls. It’s a comfortable word, easy to use, fairly organic. Read More»

Is your church a cult?

David Epps's picture

In the 1970s, while living in another state, my family and I began attending a church. The pastor was warm, friendly, energetic, a great teacher, and seemed enthusiastically happy to see us arrive. The church was multi-racial, something unusual in the South in those days, and was full of young adults and children. There was uplifting praise, wonderful worship, and a solid and conservative theological outlook. It was a Christian church.

It was also a cult. Read More»

Horrors of Spring Cleaning

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Mom had no idea what she had done. She had ruined not just my life, but my three brothers’ and sister’s lives also. It was too late to try to undo the damage. The garbage truck had already pulled away hours earlier from 110 Flamingo Street and, along with it, all of our most prized possessions. At 8 years old, it was my first encounter with the horrors of Spring Cleaning. It wouldn’t be the last. Read More»

The rewards of heaven await the faithful believer

Dr. David L. Chancey's picture

A minister died and was waiting in line at the Pearly Gates. Ahead of him was a guy wearing sunglasses, a loud shirt, leather jacket and jeans. St. Peter addressed the guy, “Who are you, so that I may know whether or not to admit you into the Kingdom of Heaven?”

The guy said, “I’m Joe, the taxi driver in New York City.” Peter consulted his list, smiled and said, “Take this silken robe and golden staff and enter the kingdom of heaven.” Joe the taxi driver went into heaven with his robe and staff, and Peter turned to the minister. Read More»

What’s faith got to do with it?

William Murchison's picture

What a joy to find the New York Times editorial page staff on duty whenever a tough moral question arises, such as, “Can the U.S. government require business owners claiming religious liberty privileges to fund contraceptive care for employees?”

Sure, natch, you bet, returns the Times, doubtless to the relief of the U.S. Supreme Court, which takes up the question formally this week in yet another suit stemming from Obamacare. Read More»

Obamacare vs. business owners’ religious beliefs

Dr. John A. Sparks's picture

Conestoga Wood Specialties is a wood cabinets business located in Lancaster County, Pa. It is organized as a for-profit corporation and the businesses voting shares are owned by members of a single family — the Hahns. They are Mennonite Christians. Conestoga has approximately 1,000 employees. Read More»

Missing: A foreign policy

Cal Thomas's picture

What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may eventually be discovered, but there is something else that has been missing for much longer and its “disappearance” has far greater implications for America. It is our foreign policy. Can anyone say what it is?

With Russia’s Vladimir Putin behaving like a modern Catherine the Great in his efforts to annex Crimea and possibly all of Ukraine, what is our policy toward Russia, which is behaving increasingly like its former, supposedly dead, communist self? Read More»

Precious memories really are

Ronda Rich's picture

In the tiny country church where I spent most of the first 22 years of my life, where I found the Lord at the age of 11, where, without fail, I had the leading part in every Christmas pageant and where my daddy laid down the law in more ways than one, we sang hymns from a brown songbook and a green one that were filled with the haunting melodies that have penetrated the Appalachians for many decades. Read More»

There are Birds and Birds

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

There are birds and there are birds. We watch them closely in winter because in severe weather, faithful bird feeders can actually make a difference between life and death.
And there are those (like Dave) who go out in the meanest wind and consistently keep their feeders topped off with suet and peanut butter, which fuel the furnaces in their tiny bellies and get them through just one more night, and then one more, and again one more. Read More»

Bishop Bernard Njoroge

David Epps's picture

I read a few days ago that my denomination’s senior bishop in Africa, The Most. Rev’d Bernard Njoroge is retiring. He will be stepping down as a member of the International Patriarch’s Council, as General Secretary of Kenya, and as the Bishop of Nairobi. The bishop shared that he would be entering into a deeper life of prayer and contemplation.

I first met Bishop Njoroge in late summer 1998. I was part of a mission trip that would take our team to both Kenya and Uganda for three weeks. Read More»

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